International Day of the Girl 2016: World's most inspiring women

To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, we take a look at some of the women past and present, Kiwi and international, who have inspired generations.

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We were the first country to give women the vote, and we consistently come out top in surveys looking at the best place to be a woman.

But who are the women past and present who young girls today look up to and are inspired by?

The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analysing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data.

On this, the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls.

From the original Kiwi suffragettes, to modern media role models, here are ten of the women we think are pretty damn awesome and a shining light to young women everywhere.

Tell us who inspires you via our Facebook page using the hashtag #Dayofthegirl